'Tornado Hunt' Car Hit by Tornado

Weather Channel crew is shaken up, but fine

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 1, 2013 6:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – One of the hazards of driving a "tornado hunt" car is that sometimes the tornado finds you first. A crew from the Weather Channel learned that yesterday when their vehicle got thrown about 200 yards by a tornado outside Oklahoma City. "It was like we were floating," says meteorologist Mike Bettes. "We were airborne [at] at least one point and we were floating. Then we weren't tumbling anymore and we came down hard." He said the crew was shaken up with some minor bumps and bruises but otherwise fine. (The Oklahoma storms killed nine people.)

A frame grab from video of the damaged car.
A frame grab from video of the damaged car.   (The Weather Channel)
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A Weather Channel clip about the incident.   (Weather Channel)

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